NFC East: Dallas Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas -- Before the Dallas Cowboys' brass left for Miami, they updated the media on a few injured players.

  • Team executive vice president Stephen Jones said defensive tackle Henry Melton (groin) will not play in the third preseason game on Saturday night against the Miami Dolphins. Jones said the goal is to get most, if not all of the injured players ready for the regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who left Tuesday's practice with cramping and missed the next day with soreness, is expected to play against the Dolphins.

    "When you sit out for a year, and he didn't really get back into it full bore, until a couple of weeks before camp, so its going to take some time," Jones said.

  • Team officials haven't decided on cornerback Morris Claiborne's status for the Dolphins game as he's still recovering from a shoulder injury.


    Claiborne, a projected starter with Orlando Scandrick suspended the first four games, hasn't played in any preseason games because of health issues.

    Jones said he's not worried about Claiborne's long-term durability given his history of health problems.

    "Not really, I think at the end of the day he's played in a lot of games for us," Jones said. "And I think he'll do well out there, obviously you have to be conservative with your players now. The injury situation not only around here but around the league. We'll let this play out and I think he'll be ready for the 49ers."
  • FRISCO, Texas -- The Cowboys made it official on Friday afternoon as owner Jerry Jones, along with family members and city officials from Frisco, broke ground on a new practice facility that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

    Jones, who was joined by several family members and local government officials that included Frisco mayor Maher Maso, grabbed shovels and dug out some dirt on land covering 20 acres that will hold the Cowboys’ corporate headquarters, practice facilities, indoor football stadium, medical and retail shops.

    “Frisco flu, boy we’ve got it,” Jerry Jones said.

    “This project speaks for itself,” Maso said. “It’s everything Frisco. There are a lot of words to describe it.”

    The city and the Cowboys, along with private investors, are combining on the financing. Jones wouldn’t disclose how much the new project will cost but noted the price has gone up two-and-half to three times more.

    “We do know it’s got to be first class,” he said.

    The Cowboys are contractually obligated to hold at least a one week’s worth of training camp practices at their new facility.

    Stephen Jones, the Cowboys’ executive vice president, said the team hasn’t renewed its contract with Oxnard, California officials for the 2015 season. However, once that’s done, the plan is to have camp for at least two weeks in California and then move it to Frisco for the final two-and-a-half weeks starting in 2016.

    “One thing we’ve learned when all these sports pages -- and all this media gets a hold of it -- right in the same paragraph -- almost when you say you haven’t won a Super Bowl in 16 years -- they have to put over and say, ‘But boy do they know how to put a project that equals one and one is three.’,” Jerry Jones said while smiling and admitting he's got the new math figured out. “They know how to do that and Frisco has that, and they will benefit from that and candidly you are.”
    IRVING, Texas -- The third preseason game is the one most like the regular season, but the Dallas Cowboys have not spent a ton of time game-planning for Saturday’s foe, the Miami Dolphins.

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    The starters will play more than they did last week against the Baltimore Ravens, but coach Jason Garrett has not revealed the plan for Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray.

    Romo said there is a balance between working on specific things for the regular season and not showing too much to tip your hand before the games count.

    “You want to have success, but you don’t want to necessarily show everything, so there’s a fine line there,” Romo said. “I know through my own experiences that if you struggle as a unit in the preseason, I just don’t think it gets a lot easier. And it’s kind of like camp. If you’re struggling in camp against your defense, usually that’s a sign that you’re going to have to try to come up with different ways. It doesn’t guarantee you success if you have a successful preseason, but it definitely gives you a better chance for it. If you’re struggling consistently every time, then it isn’t usually very conducive to going out in the regular season and getting easier, so that part of it’s there.”

    In two series of work against the Ravens, Romo completed four of five passes for 80 yards and had a touchdown to Bryant. His only incompletion was a drop by James Hanna.

    “I thought we played well against Baltimore against a good defense, and since then we’ve had three or four really good, physical practices here,” Witten said. “Ultimately, you want to play well in that last rehearsal for a lot of us and then build on that going on into the season. We know what our expectations are going into the season, so we need to keep developing that, and that confidence comes by how you play.”
    IRVING, Texas -- When the standard is Jason Witten, it can be difficult to measure up.

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    Witten has played through a number of maladies in his 11 seasons, missing just one game as a rookie because of a broken jaw. He returned earlier than many suspected from a ruptured spleen two years ago.

    In last week’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Witten’s fellow tight end, Gavin Escobar, suffered a shoulder injury after making a 37-yard catch. He practiced some during the week and wants to play Saturday against the Miami Dolphins.

    "You can only contribute if you’re on the field, so that’s what I’ve got to do," said Escobar, who is wearing extra padding to protect the shoulder.

    Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett does not question Escobar’s toughness.

    "He wants to be a good player," Garrett said. "That’s really never been an issue for him. The biggest thing he’s got to do is find himself in those situations where he has to be physically tough where he has to move guys out with run blocks and protect and some of those things. He doesn’t have a lot of experience with that. I do believe he’s getting stronger."

    After catching just nine passes for 134 yards and two scores as a rookie in 2013, Escobar figures to have a much larger role on offense in 2014. He has caught four passes for 84 yards in two preseason games.

    "I think the more touches I get the more it shows what I can do," Escobar said.

    Tony Romo ready for season

    August, 21, 2014
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    IRVING, Texas – How much Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo plays Saturday against the Miami Dolphins has not been finalized, but Romo feels like he is ready for the regular season.

    Romo saw 16 snaps of action last week against the Baltimore Ravens in his first action since undergoing back surgery in December, completing 4-of-5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Typically the Cowboys’ starters do not play in the final preseason game, which means this will be Romo’s final action before the Sept. 7 opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

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    “You play through a lot of stuff when you’re playing,” Romo said. “Obviously right after the surgery it would’ve been a different story but at this point, yeah there’s no question you’d be playing a football game. I mean I don’t know that you would go to play in the preseason if you didn’t think you could play football. I mean, it’s football.”

    Romo returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday as he continued a conservative practice plan through his recovery from surgery.

    “This feels like I’ve got a ton of time compared to last year,” Romo said. “Last year really, sitting out the entire offseason [following his first back surgery], that part of it, I’ve been a part of a lot more even though it might not seem like it to you guys.”

    Romo went through parts of individual drills on Thursday for the first time this summer. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo’s fundamentals have not been an issue.

    “I think you’re always doing that with guys, and you do those every day drills for a reason -- to make sure everybody at every position is handling the fundamentals of the game the right way,” Garrett said. “Tony is no different than anybody else, and like with anybody coming back off of an injury, you want to make sure you’re doing stuff that’s not going to hurt them.

    "He’ll work his way back into getting the full complement as we go, but there are plenty of ways to evaluate that. I think he’s done a really good job technically and fundamentally. His footwork and his ball carriage and getting the ball out have all been really good.”
    In truth, there is very little to tie Eli Manning and Tony Romo together. One was the No. 1 overall pick, the other undrafted. One has won two Super Bowl MVP awards, the other has become the poster child for blowing it in big games. They play in the same division and are about the same age, but their stories are divergent.

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    Yet there they sit right next to each other, Romo at No. 61 and Manning at No. 62, on this year’s #NFLRank list (see chart, below right). And when you see it like that, you start to imagine where they’ll be on this list a year from now. It’s easy to realize that this is a pretty big season for both of these guys. For different reasons, each faces the question of whether he’s in decline.

    Romo is 34 years old and has had back surgery twice in the past two years. He’s set up to produce big numbers as the quarterback of a Dallas Cowboys offense loaded with skill position weapons. For the first time in his career, it appears he has enough elite offensive line talent to protect him. Given the sorry state of the Cowboys’ defense, Romo is going to have the opportunity and responsibility to put up a lot of points.

    So the question is whether he can, physically, or whether the back issues will continue to be a part of Romo’s story from here on out. If they are, the rest of the story likely gets a lot shorter and a lot more uncomfortable to watch.

    Cowboys people say they’re happy with the progress Romo has made from this year’s back surgery and that the priority now is to make sure there are no further setbacks. If there aren’t, there’s no reason to think there’s reason for long-term worry with Romo. He’s up one spot from his place in last year’s rankings, which indicates that perception of him as a player hasn’t changed much. He’s set up to succeed on the field as long as he can stay there. For Romo, this season is about proving he’s healthy enough to make the next chapter of his career a substantial one.

    Manning is in a different spot. As consistently healthy a quarterback as the NFL has, Manning had ankle surgery this spring and missed almost no practice time. He’s fully healthy and expecting to play all 16 games, as he has in every season since 2005. The question with Manning is not whether he’ll play, but how he’ll play.

    Manning led the league last season with a career-high 27 interceptions. The Giants’ offense fell apart around him so completely that the organization engaged in a full-scale overhaul, bringing in a new offensive coordinator, installing a new offensive system and making sweeping personnel changes at running back, wide receiver, offensive line and tight end.

    While some pieces (Victor Cruz, Justin Pugh) remain in place around him, the most critical constant is Manning, whose 2013 performance was alarming enough to drop him from No. 17 to No. 62 in these rankings. The question hanging over his tousled head as 2014 dawns is whether he was a victim of a system meltdown or an active creator of the mess. Manning is 33, and the way the league is built to preserve quarterbacks now, as long as he’s healthy, there’s no reason to think he can’t play five or six more years, easily.

    But Manning has no contract beyond 2015, and the fact that the Giants didn’t extend him this offseason, when doing so would have helped them significantly on cap room, indicates that there are questions about his future. They have said, publicly and privately, that they don’t consider Manning to be a quarterback in decline. They believe he has and will continue to take to the new offense and help everyone else with the ease of the transition. He’s eager to put 2013 behind and play better going forward. He acknowledges his role in the mess and is working to make sure he doesn’t repeat it.

    However, another bad year could easily change the narrative here. There’s no doubting Manning’s ability to elevate a team to greatness over a one-month or two-month span, as he has twice, to the chagrin of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. But can Manning be a consistent-enough performer in the regular season to shorten the Giants’ rebuilding phase and return them to annual contender status? Or are his best days behind him?

    The Cowboys and the Giants could be in for rough seasons. Dallas’ defense appears noncompetitive on paper, and the Giants’ offense is a work in progress that might not be ready for the start of the season. It would be a mild surprise if either team contended for the division title, though it’s important to note that the NFC East always surprises to some extent.

    Within that framework, though, Romo and Manning face important seasons from individual standpoints. Regardless of their teams’ final 2014 records, each is going to emerge from this season having addressed a major question about what to expect from the remainder of his career. Five months from now, we’re going to have a lot more information on which to base future expectations for these franchise quarterbacks. Based on the manner in which these players answer these key questions, their teams will either be breathing sighs of relief or addressing huge new questions about the most important position on their rosters.

    Dez Bryant craves hard coaching

    August, 20, 2014
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    IRVING, Texas -- The contested, leaping, juggling catch on the sideline didn’t count, but it served as yet another example of Dez Bryant's rare physical gifts.

    It also served as an example of the 25-year-old Pro Bowl receiver’s room for growth.

    Want to guess which the Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff emphasized during film sessions following Saturday night’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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    AP Photo/LM OteroDez Bryant continues to work on his routes as he strives to improve. "I feel like I have a lot of room to grow," he said.
    Bryant was spectacular in his two series, catching three passes for 59 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown on a jump ball that he made look easy. But head coach Jason Garrett and receivers coach Derek Dooley gave Bryant an earful about the one opportunity he didn’t seize, a play negated by a holding penalty anyway.

    They pointed out to Bryant -- and the rest of the receivers in the room -- that he had to try to make a miraculous catch because he ran a bad route. They showed the film of Bryant releasing too wide on the fade route and allowing the cornerback to push him near the sideline, giving quarterback Tony Romo a tiny window in which to fit the ball.

    Bryant soaked up the criticism, truly appreciating the coaches' commitment to pushing him to reach his immense potential.

    "If it’s not right, tell me it’s not right because I want to do my best to fix it," Bryant said. "I’ve always been that way. I want to know. I want to know if I’m doing it right or if I’m not. They're doing a great job of telling the guys, just being complete, straight-out honest."

    Bryant believes he’s one of the five best receivers in the game and has statistics to back up his claim. He ranks tied for first in touchdown catches (25) and sixth in receiving yards (2,615) over the past two seasons.

    But it isn’t hard for Bryant to put his ego in check when he arrives at Valley Ranch each morning. He is determined to find out how much better he can be -- and understands that requires the ability to receive constructive criticism and consistently apply it to his craft.

    Bryant craves the kind of hard coaching he needs to help him maximize his unique talent.

    "You should never be satisfied. Nobody," Bryant said. "Never get comfortable. That’s when you start falling downhill. Like I said, you’ve got to always have room to grow. I have a lot. I feel like I have a lot of room to grow."

    The coaches have identified the finer details of route running as a facet of the game that Bryant can improve significantly. He thinks he’s progressed from average to good as a route runner.

    He's willing to work to be great, inviting Dooley’s harsh critiques of his releases, breaks and every other imaginable route-running intricacy.

    "He wants to be great," Garrett said. "He’s always been someone who accepts coaching, and he understands it. The film is a great tool. It doesn’t lie, and there’s rarely an instance when you as a coach put something up on the screen and say, 'What do you think? You coach yourself.' These guys know when it’s right and when it’s wrong. It’s our job to point it out to them and highlight the stuff that’s good, and make sure we recognize the stuff that’s not quite so good, either, and how we can make it better.”

    "He’s a pro. He wants to be great. He listens to coaching, and he really gets better each and every day."
    Justin Durant said he learned soon after arriving in the NFL that versatility equates to a long career.

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    That approach has earned Durant, who played some strongside linebacker last season, a starting job with the Dallas Cowboys. It'll take another week or so to learn whether he'll be starting at weakside or middle linebacker.

    "Wherever they need me is fine," he said. "They're all a little different. Strongside is the unglamorous spot because you're playing the run and battling those tackles and tight ends. Middle linebacker is nice because you're making the calls and you feel like it's your defense. And weakside is fun because you just chase the ball and make plays."

    The Cowboys would prefer for Rolando McClain to earn the job at middle linebacker so Durant could play weakside linebacker, which is considered his best position.

    He played in just 10 games last season, starting six, after signing a two-year, $1.96 million deal with the Cowboys. He's poised to have a much bigger role this season.

    "Wherever they need me is fine," he said. "I just want to be on the field helping us win games."
    IRVING, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys start their regular-season preparation, quarterback Tony Romo is expected to practice each day, according to coach Jason Garrett.

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    Romo has not practiced three straight days in training camp and sat out of Wednesday's practice as he and the team continue to be careful with his return from back surgery. Romo will practice on Thursday and play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

    Garrett said the coaches have not yet divvied up the playing time for the Dolphins' game, but the starters typically play the first half in the third preseason game. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he anticipated Romo would play a similar amount to what he did last week against the Baltimore Ravens when he saw action in two series.

    The tenor of practices change once the regular season starts. Players are only in pads one day a week, typically Wednesday, and the amount of physical play is less than in training camp.

    “Again, that's a couple, three weeks out (but) we do anticipate him being able to handle the load of a work week leading up to the game," Garrett said. “It’s important for him to get reps. At the same time, we’ll listen to what his body is saying and we’ll respond accordingly. He had a good practice (Tuesday) got a lot of good work in and thought it was probably best for him to not be out on the practice field today, just get the mental work in, and hopefully come back and practice tomorrow."
    IRVING, Texas – When the preseason ends, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick's second training camp will begin.

    Scandrick will be banned from using the team’s facilities during his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the result of a positive test for amphetamines from an April night of partying in Mexico, when he used MDMA. The seven-year veteran vows to return in game shape, so he plans to return to his home in Los Angeles and work with the personal trainer he uses during the offseason.

    Scandrick said he would go through two-a-day workouts throughout the suspension. He’ll have strength and conditioning sessions each day. He’ll also do defensive back drills and catch tennis balls out of a machine.

    “I’m not going to do anything but train and prepare myself to play every day,” Scandrick said. “I’m going to come back ready.”
    IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is changing up his team’s in-season practice schedule in 2014.

    After using the traditional schedule of having the players off on Tuesdays during the regular season, Garrett will have them off on Mondays instead, after conferring with several coaching staffs, including the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers.

    Chip Kelly and Jim Harbaugh brought these schedules with them to the NFL after coaching at Oregon and Stanford.

    “It’s different than anything I’ve ever done,” Garrett said. “It’s kind of the college schedule and there are probably a handful of teams who are using it now. Some guys on our staffs have used it on staffs they’ve been on. I’ve just heard some really positive things from a lot of different people about this schedule. I think everybody initially is like, ‘You’re really doing that?’ because it’s different for everybody who’s been in the NFL. But there are so many positives that come from it that people have argued on its behalf. So we just decided to go ahead and do it.”

    The noted 24-hour rule will be extended to 36 hours with the players off on Monday. They can continue to come in for a workout but will not be required to show up at Valley Ranch unless they are injured. The coaches will have more time to examine the previous game instead of being rushed and the preparation for the next opponent will begin with a walk-through on Tuesday afternoon.

    The idea is that the coaches and players will have a jump on the upcoming opponent by working Tuesday to Saturday instead of getting a day off in between.

    “Everyone I’ve talked to, they’ve really liked the rhythm of it,” Garrett said.
    IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, a fifth-round pick who rushed for 164 yards as a rookie last season, opened his conversation with a reporter by declaring that this would be the only time he spoke to the media this season.

    Told that could subject him to a weekly fine of $25,000, per NFL rules, Randle quickly reconsidered.

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    "Now since you said that, I guess I'll talk to y'all," Randle said. "Yeah, that's pretty tough. Nobody wants to play for free, but I'd rather not talk to the media."

    Randle would rather just focus on doing his job. Or, for now, on keeping his job.

    The Cowboys probably won't have the luxury of keeping four tailbacks due to their need for depth at several defensive positions. DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar are roster locks, leaving Randle and Ryan Williams competing for the final spot. (It's also possible that the Cowboys could deal one of the backs competing for the No. 3 job for depth at another position.)

    Williams, the former Arizona Cardinals second-round pick who signed with the Cowboys this summer, raised eyebrows with his impressive running late in Saturday's preseason game. But Randle, who the Cowboys gave a third-round grade coming out of Oklahoma State, has performed better on the whole since camp started and has consistently been ahead of Williams on the depth chart.

    "Joe Randle right now is really playing outstanding," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 FM. "That's not an exaggeration."

    Randle, who averaged only 3.0 yards per carry last season, has gained 91 yards on 20 carries in two preseason games, getting a lot of his work against the San Diego Chargers' starters. He looks more decisive and more elusive than he did last season.

    That's a result of being better prepared and more comfortable.

    "I feel like I'm bigger, I'm stronger, I'm smarter," Randle said. "I'm a year smarter in the playbook. I think that's all things that help me play fast. Now, I'm just working on playing fast every play I'm out there. That comes with practice."

    It's not just Randle's running that has impressed the Cowboys' coaches. He has shown significant improvement as a pass blocker and on special teams, too.

    "He has matured in a lot of ways," head coach Jason Garrett said. "He has run the ball well. He has protected well. He has showed up on special teams. He has become the player we thought he was coming out of the school -- a well-rounded halfback who can contribute on teams as a third runner."

    With a legitimate challenger behind him, Randle's play has spoken volumes this summer.
    IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is looking forward to making his preseason debut Saturday against the Miami Dolphins. He’s not so sure he’s looking forward to seeing the officials.

    Through three preseason weeks, officials are calling on average 23.7 penalties per game. There has been a greater emphasis on defensive holding, illegal contact and illegal use of hands penalties. So far there have been 104 defensive holding penalties, 70 illegal use of hands and 55 illegal contact penalties.

    “I’m going to find out Saturday how hard it really is,” Carr said. “I don’t know, I might have to break some habits of just playing physical and aggressive down the field but the name of the game is you’ve got to be able to adapt to it. Rules are rules.”

    In two preseason games the Cowboys have been flagged for defensive holding eight times. They have had one illegal use of hands penalty on defense and one illegal contact flag. In the 2013 regular season they had 12 defensive holding penalties, three illegal use of hands flags on defense and one illegal contact penalty.

    The thought from some teams is that once the regular season starts officials will be more lax.

    “I hope [it’s not the same in the regular season],” Carr said. “It’s going to be some long football games. You’re going to have to watch a game for four hours.”
    IRVING, Texas -- Linebacker Bruce Carter doesn’t believe that the Dallas Cowboys want to demote him from the starting lineup.

    There is certainly evidence that Cowboys are trying to push Carter, a major disappointment last season, to the bench. Justin Durant worked with the starters at Carter’s weakside linebacker spot during Tuesday’s practice with Rolando McClain at middle linebacker.

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    But Carter believes the Cowboys are just trying to give themselves insurance options in their linebacker corps by giving different combinations practice time together, particularly with versatile second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman potentially out for the season with a neck injury, pending a second medical opinion.

    “No, I don’t think so,” Carter said when asked whether the team was trying to demote him. “I just think we need depth. Especially Ro, he needs to get his reps at Mike. … So they’re just trying, I guess, to see what the rotations are going to be. I don’t know.”

    The rotation featuring McClain in the middle and Durant on the weak side certainly came as no surprise.

    Head coach Jason Garrett strongly hinted about it during training camp, when he said that Durant’s most natural position was playing the weak side. The Cowboys clearly traded for the twice-retired McClain with the hope that the 25-year-old former eighth-overall pick would win the starting job at middle linebacker.

    It’s also telling that owner and general manager Jerry Jones didn’t mention Carter’s name when discussing the linebacker corps during his Tuesday morning radio appearance.

    “I do think that we’ve got a chance to pull one out of our hat with McClain,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “Are we looking for it? Yes. Do we wonder about him? Yes. By the same token, an old adage in this league is when somebody has once been a blue player, a blue, not just Cowboys blue, but blue in general, then look for him to be a good player again. Doesn’t mean he’s going to be, but he can be. … I’m pretty pleased with his progress.

    “The way Durant’s playing, the way [strongside linebacker Kyle] Wilber is playing – Wilber could be one of the more pleasant surprises because of the level he’s playing at – our linebackers have a chance to I think be better than we expect.”

    The coaches have said they will find the best combination of three linebackers for a starting unit. Carter said linebackers coach Matt Eberflus told him that all three spots are open, but the former second-round pick doesn’t seem concerned about losing a starting job despite being benched twice last season.

    “For anybody, you’ve just got to go out there and work hard at it, prove to your coaches and especially your teammates that you’re going to be the best guy for that position,” Carter said. “Just keep going out there and battling.”
    IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys believe linebacker Rolando McClain, the twice-retired 25-year-old former eighth overall pick, is ready to get some reps with the starters.

    Justin Durant performed well while working with the starters at middle linebacker throughout training camp, but head coach Jason Garrett has said that his most natural position is weakside linebacker. The Cowboys plan to look at the combination of McClain in the middle and Durant on the weak side.

    “We started to do that a couple of weeks ago and then Rolando was out of practice a couple of days, so we will do that in practice this week,” Garrett said. “At the end of the day, we need to find our three best linebackers and our best combination of those guys to start for us in base, and then there are some roles in nickel as well. If guys demonstrate that they’re a better cover guy than base linebacker, maybe they’ll get their opportunities there. So we’ll continue to work the different looks and the different combinations and see what looks best.”

    If the Cowboys like what they see with the McClain-Durant combination, Bruce Carter would likely be on the bench in the base defense, although he could have a role in the nickel and dime packages.

    Carter could move to the strongside spot, but the Cowboys have been pleased with Kyle Wilber’s performance at the position. Garrett has been tepid with his praise of Carter this summer.

    “I thought Bruce did fine,” Garrett said, evaluating Carter’s performance against the Ravens. “Didn’t like the holding call that he had. Thought that was a legit call. But he showed up a little bit in the game both in the run game and defending the pass. Good cover guy.”

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